Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York suggested that pro-life beliefs are “not acceptable” and compared them to racism and anti-Semitism.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Gillibrand was asked whether precluding pro-life judicial nominees would endanger judicial independence. Gillibrand, a presidential contender, has said that as president, she would nominate pro-abortion judges. “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” Gillibrand said. “Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America — I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand said.

“And we believe in this country in the separation of church and state, and I respect the rights of every American to hold their religious beliefs true to themselves, but our country and our Constitution has always demanded that we have a separation of church and state,” Gillibrand continued.

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